Ramsey Lewis "Proclamation of Hope"

Ramsey Lewis, Chicago's own joyous jazzman, will be featured on WTTW-Channel 11 and other PBS television stations tonight. His composition, "Proclamation of Hope," is an orchestral suite which he performed at Ravinia and the Kennedy Center in Washington.

The varied musical motif celebrates many different styles (jazz, gospel, classical) and honors the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial and the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The film also employs documentary images and proves that this vibrant and ageless 76-year-old musician, who wrote "The In Crowd" and "Hang on Sloopy," continues to make me look like a complete and utter lazy loafer.

Don't you miss his morning show on the old WNUA-FM radio station? I can think of a lot worse ways to start the day than listening to "The Ramsey Lewis Morning Show." Smooth as silk and better than a Barry White medley.

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